||Typical Wooden Pallets
||Typical Corrugated Pallets
||4,600 lbs (about 2087 kg)
||3,000 - 15,000* lbs (about 4,536 kg
||30-70 lbs (about 13.6 31.8 kg)
||13-16 lbs (about 5.9 - 7.3 kg)
|Cost for 1 Pallet:
||$10 - $25 US
||$7 - $20 US
*by custom application
Dimensions of Corrugated Pallets vs Wood Pallets
The standard dimensions for a wood pallet are 48 x 40 inches but can range from 30 x 30 inches to 48 x 48 inches. Regardless of the exact dimensions, wood pallets are always rectangles.
Corrugated paper pallets are totally customizable to your needs by shape, size and durability including weight loads, sizes, and stack heights. Typically you can choose from low profile pallets, light, medium and heavy-duty constructions, all with die-cut options to customize the top sheet to the product being shipped. Are you shipping a round product? You probably want a round pallet to ensure weight distribution and maneuverability around the product, about 1440 pounds of savings on a 45-foot export shipping container.
Because cardboard pallets weigh significantly less than their wooden counterparts, they are ideal for delivering freight and fuel savings, with more room for your product in each shipment.
Paper Pallets are Lightweight
Some paper pallets weigh only a third of the weight of a wood pallet! Lighter- weight shipping materials deliver you freight and fuel savings and can result in more product per shipment making them ideal for export. PLUS - if you have eco- friendly initiatives, all of these factors contribute to reducing carbon emissions.
Paper Pallets are Safe
Paper pallets are considered very safe because they weigh significantly less than wood and even plastic pallets, they don’t use nails and staples and they will never splinter. All of these factors help protect your people and your product. Switching to paper pallets can help curb workers’ compensation injuries, particularly hand and back injuries. Also, these factors help prevent damaging your products and product packaging.
Corrugated pallets require attention to proper handling which can translate to reduced damage to your product. One manufacturer reported reducing product damage by 60% after converting to paper pallets and upgrading handling procedures.
Safety of Corrugated Pallets vs. Wood Pallets
Because cardboard pallets weigh significantly less than wooden pallets, they are much safer for workers to handle. In addition, nails, staples and splinters all come with their own safety hazards and are only found on wooden pallets.
Paper Pallets are Clean and Hygienic
Paper pallets can be made using engineered corrugated products that are suited for cleanroom environments in medical, pharmaceutical and non-wet food applications.
Look for paper pallets that boast a strong resistance to moisture and humidity to help prevent mold and other hygienic issues. Water-resistant adhesives, heavy- duty support cores and heat resistant paper ensure your people and products are kept away from contaminants.
Using corrugated paper pallets can reduce the spread of hazardous materials in your facility and around your product and employees.
Paper Pallets are Ideal for Export
Wood can start oﬀ with contaminates like insects, fungus and bacteria. Of course, insects can make their way into anything, but because wood has often not been heavily processed, it contains much of its original environment and ecology and requires heat treatments and fumigation to be usable for international shipping and other food, health and safety requirements. Corrugated paper starts as a sterile product and complies with ISPM's phytosanitary requirements, so the only contaminate worries become what the pallet picks up from its post-process environment.
Paper pallets do not require these treatments to be 100 percent sanitary and are well-suited for cleanroom environments. Plus, these corrugated pallets are also made with non-wicking cores for added stability and moisture resistance in environments such as ocean containers.
Paper Pallets are Environmentally-Friendly
Adopting sustainable packaging and transporting of your goods can greatly add value to your operations strategy, help you grow your company and increase your global competitiveness.
If you are using pallets to transport goods to your clients or other facilities, you have a great opportunity in front of you to update your sustainability practices.
Look for paper pallets that use non-hazardous, biodegradable and water-resistant adhesives, and suppliers that are SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) Certified.
Paper Pallets are Easy to Recycle
If you are looking for a pallet to help with your recycling or zero waste initiatives, you need to look at what your pallets are made from. Paper is a very easy material to recycle, especially in comparison to wood. In most cases, corrugated paper pallets are 100 percent recyclable because they aren't held together by nails or staples and can be bailed with other paper materials like boxes and edge protectors. As a bonus, paper can also be made completely out of recycled materials; the sustainability goes full circle.
Over a 20 year span, General Motors required all deliveries to its 62 facilities use paper pallets. This aided in establishing GM's zero waste status and self-reporting $2 billion in recycling revenue, according to GreenBiz.
Recycling Corrugated Pallets vs Wood Pallets
To recycle wooden pallets, you must take them to facilities that can shred the wood. The recyclers must also have access to metal separating tools like a magnet to separate out the nails and staples for recycling. This can be quite costly.
On the other hand, feel free to bale your paper pallets alongside cardboard boxes and other corrugated packaging products. This can lower your disposal costs and can generate revenue upon proper disposal. This is a big bonus for corrugated pallets since they can generally only be used for one trip.
Paper Pallets Help Reduce Carbon Emissions
As ChangeThePallet.org so perfectly put it:
Pallets = Weight. Weight = Fuel. Fuel = Carbon.
Lightweight corrugated paper pallets can weigh up to 80 percent less than their wooden pallet counterparts. Using paper pallets to ship your goods in trucks or planes can greatly reduce your shipping cost - and the cost of transport on the planet. When your shipment weighs less, your transportation methods require less fuel to get it from point A to point B. Can you imagine the impact switching to paper pallets could make in the United States alone - and the billions of pounds of pallets moved every year?
Using the average paper pallet translates to 1800 lbs of savings on a 53-foot trailer and 1440 lbs of savings on a 45-foot export shipping container, compared to wooden pallets.
For example, IKEA®'s Handling Material No Wood (HM NOW) project made the switch from mostly wooden pallets to almost all paper pallets for inbound and outbound shipments around the world. According to Jerome Jansen, Packaging Requirements & Compliance Specialist at IKEA®,
"This has enabled us to avoid between 50,000 and 100,000 transport movements a year” resulting in a reduction in CO2 emissions by more than 550,000 metric tons since 2012.